Dental Crown and Bridge
A dental crown or 'cap' is an indirect restoration that slips over or covers completely your tooth with the aim of preserving the strength of the tooth and preventing future decay or cracking. You may need a crown if your tooth has been weakened from a large cavity, large fillings, cracks or wear, or after a root canal treatment. As the crown covers or wraps around the tooth, it will help strengthen the tooth and it can even make your tooth look better and more natural than before
Crowns can be made from multiple materials, and Dr Jason will discuss the benefits of each material and what is most suitable for you. Generally our crowns are made from a ceramic called Zirconia, which can be layered with porcelain for the best aesthetics. Alternatively we do offer gold crowns for maximum strength.
A dental bridge is an alternative to dentures or implants if you want to replace a missing tooth. The basic idea of a dental bridge is if you have a missing tooth, the adjacent teeth in front and behind the gap can be prepared for dental crowns, which then join to a crown or 'pontic' that replaces the missing tooth in the middle. This is a great way to replace a missing tooth and is suitable for front and back teeth. Bridges can improve your smile and look better than removable dentures, and also improve your chewing ability as they are fixed to your natural tooth.
Dr Jason will first examine the tooth and ensure it is suitable for the procedure. Once you are ready to go ahead, the tooth can be prepared for the crown or bridge. This involves removing any old or worn filling materials, decays or cracks in your tooth. The tooth will be then built up in filling material and then 'trimmed down' or prepared for the crown. We only remove a minimal amount of tooth strcture between 0.5mm to 2mm of tooth structure around the tooth. Once the tooth is prepared, Dr Jason will use our Medit i700 intraoral scanner to take a digital scan of the tooth, which is then sent to our dental lab. The crown will take around a week to be made and in the meantime Dr Jason will place a temporary crown to protect the tooth. At the final insertion appointment, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown be cemented into place. And thats it!